ON THE BALL Wednesday 8 June 2016


Rain forced us to call off the MiniRoos on Saturday and I am sure a lot of parents would have been relieved as they did not want to be at soccer too wet Saturdays in a row.

The Association Cup for the Juniors and All Age Men and Women’s competition games went ahead as per the draw mainly because we were starting to run out of spare days and as we said last week it is a winter sport. However Sundays Association Cup games had to be canned due to the wet grounds and we will have to find a spare day to play them. These games are most likely to be played not this weekend but the next. Please check the Web Site for the draw

No junior Association Cup games went to penalties on Saturday and only Crookwell in the under 13s were short of players due to the wet and as a result were beaten by Marulan. Other winners in the under 13s were Wollondilly and Workers. Winners in the under 15s were Marulan, MBK and Trinity Yellow and they will go into the next round.




Even though there is no local soccer on this weekend because of the long weekend you can still get your soccer fix by getting out to the Park to watch the Under 12, 14 and 16 Girls Country Cup games. If there is no more rain and the fields dry out we should see some skilful soccer.

Teams from Southern, Riverina and Western NSW will contest the Country Cup over two days with a total of 18 games being played. First game on Saturday will kick off at 9.00 am with the under 14 game between Riverina and Western on field 1. No sleep in on Sunday with the first games kicking off at 8.30 when Southern take on Western on field 1 in the under 12s and Southern taking on Western on field 2 in the under 16s.

These games will be worth watching as the players will be the best from Country NSW, so we hope that the rain stops and the fields dry out




Over 350 young Girls and Boys descended on the Home of Soccer on Tuesday and Wednesday for the annual PSSA knock out Tournament. Players came from Braidwood, Laggan, Crookwell, Marulan, Bungendore, Queanbeyan, all Goulburn Public Schools,   Jerrabomberra and Burrinjuck LC which is a combined school between Gunning and Boorowa.

The Boys played on Tuesday and after some close games Wollondilly won the day and will now go into the next round and will play in the Shellharbour knock out.

I took a look at the Girls in action on Wednesday and I have to say there were a lot of players who showed a lot of skill and ability. One of the best games I saw was the Crookwell – Bradfordville game. This game went into extra time as both teams were even at full time, however Bradfordville, shot home the winner in the first few minutes of extra time.

One of the things that struck me as I watched the games was that every player both Boys and Girls played happy football, football played with a smile on the face.

This is an annual event and the Association is only too happy to make our grounds and amenities available to the Schools.




Whilst there were a few MiniRoos players disappointed their games were called off on Saturday, spare a thought for Leigh Chalker. The 12 year old player was disappointed he could not Referee the MiniRoos, but also he has just found out that he could be out of action for the rest of the season with a dicky knee. It is easier to say a dicky knee than try and explain the problem but with rest and little running he could well be back before seasons end.

We are all hoping this is the case but the good news is he can still Referee the MiniRoos. In the meantime Leigh is now the Manager of his Club Team while he waits to get back out there playing with his mates.



It was a good weekend for our two National Soccer Teams with the Socceroos finding the net in injury time to down Greece 1 nil in their friendly and the Matildas scored a two nil win over the New Zealand who like the Matildas are Rio bound. Both games were played on Saturday.

The Matildas are undefeated in their last six internationals and had another crack at New Zealand last night as they played a double header with the Socceroos who played Greece in their second friendly game in Melbourne.

As I reported last week it will be a great year for our National Teams as the Matildas are off to Rio for the Olympics and looking for a Gold Medal. The Socceroos are soon to take on the best in Asia for a place in the 2018 World Cup.




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